Drake was part of the big logjam in the middle of the MVC, finish at an even .500 in conference play. After a somewhat complicated series of tiebreakers, though, the Bulldogs were given the No. 7 seed in the MVC Tournament and forced to play in the first-round -- essentially a play-in game.
Drake's first-round opponent, Bradley, was the MVC's favorite punching bag this season, finishing with just two conference wins and an overall record of 7-24. The Braves haven't won since Feb. 8 and finished a whopping 14 games off the pace of MVC regular season champion Wichita State in the final standings.
The winner of Thursday's matchup moves on to face No. 2 seed Creighton on Friday in the second round of the MVC Tournament.
Location: Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO
Time: 9:35 p.m. EST
TV: FSN-MW, IN, KC, CSN-CHI
Odds: Drake by 7.5
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